Did you buy a home in a locations that gives you everything you need, only to find out that it's a hot spot for storms? Electrical storms, hurricanes, and those weird tornadoes that pull thunder clouds over to become your problem are a regular liability for some areas. Unless you're in an area with record-breaking, top-of-the-nation electrical storm activity, you may have to learn about it on your own. Here are a few problems to watch for, along with ways an electrician to help reduce your repair costs.
What Does Electrical Storm Damage Do?
Electrical storms lead to power outages, and an unfortunate strike may even ignite wood, cloth, filler material, or other flammable materials. For the average household, the most common risk is electronic/electrical device failure.
Many devices require a specific load of electricity for proper use. Although the power from an outlet isn't an exact rate, the variable, waving and flowing supply of electricity is small enough that a regulator inside the device's power supply can narrow the charge down to something safe and usable.
When lightning strikes, the regulator is flooded with electricity. Electricity is a source of heat, and a direct lightning strike going through your home wiring can physically burn the internal components. This is sometimes called frying the electronics, but some damage can be so severe that burn marks can be seen.
The next most common problem has a few defenses built in due to modern electrical standards. Your home's wiring is mostly a series of copper wiring, flow control devices, a fuse box to access specific circuits (large, connected groups of wiring), and lightning protection devices, but these can be bypassed with a direct lightning strike that accesses the wiring.
Home wiring can survive a few strikes, but just like the insides of electronics, it comes with a physical cost. The copper can become super-heated to the point of turning red, which can lead to melting. A few short second of bright heat won't lead to immediate damage, but any kind of melting can add air gaps to the point of making the wiring more brittle.
After years of normal electrical use and lightning strikes, your home's wiring may start to break apart, leading to unplanned blackouts or flickering lights. This can be fixed with a full overhaul when the problem gets bad, but periodic maintenance can be a lot more affordable.
Electrical Assistance At All Levels Of Storm Support
An electrician's help at any phase of the electrical storm problem, starting with mitigation. You can't stop lightning from happening, but you can add electrical dampeners, shielding to spread the charge into other directions, or rods to send the electricity to another direction.
After lightning strikes, the damage to wiring specifically won't be so severe that you need to overhaul the entire home. If the wiring is new and now severely damaged, your electrician can help you figure out if the previous electrician needs to be held accountable, or if your real estate agent has some explaining to do.
In most cases, small forms of damage can be simply pulled out and replaced as needed. These small fixes aren't much on their own, but an electrician should add some storm protection devices mentioned previously to make the repairs less regular.
Contact an electrical repair professional, such as from AAA Home Services, for lightning damage mitigation, small repairs, or big overhauls.